Though the circus artists mostly occupied center-stage in “Without a Net,” the dance smartly complemented them, setting an edgy European-circus mood. I was primed to see something weirder at the midpoint in the 80-minute program, when my half of the audience switched places with folks who’d been at the “Side Show.” Weird, it was.
There was no shortage of things to see at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) Festival 2019 held at Liberty Station, last Thursday through Sunday (October 17-20). The array of site-specific and immersive theatrical experiences offered plenty of entertainment for theatre fans.
Sacra/Profana gave the first choral concert of the fall season Friday, October 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach. Titled “Looking Back,” the program featured American composers who chose to set to music decidedly literary texts.
It’s called the Point Loma pause: the 10 or so seconds when a plane roars over Point Loma, and you have to stop mid-sentence. Every time it happened during “Ikaros,” the piece that Third Rail Projects created for the WOW Festival, the three performers went into stillness and looked up. I looked up, too, seeing this everyday occurrence as if with fresh eyes; marveling at the miracle of flight.
San Diego Opera opened its production of Verdi’s beloved grand opera “Aïda” Saturday, October 19, 2019, at San Diego Civic Theatre with as winning a cast of “Aïda” singers as you will hear just about anywhere. The production runs through October 27, 2019.
Mendelssohn’s supportive score for Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ represents a genius-level partnership that needs considerable artistic labor if paired on the same program. San Diego Symphony should have spent more time at the drawing board.
The premiere of Joseph Martin Waters’ opera “El Colibrí Mágico” in San Diego State University’s Smith Recital Hall on Sunday, October 13, tantalized the audience with the first half of this intriguing work.